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Become A Feature Writer

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Working As A Feature Writer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $70,240

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Feature Writer does

  • Manage complex staff of freelance writers, photographers and copy editors .
  • Composed monthly feature articles for music previews, dining reviews and book reviews.
  • WRITE WEEKLY COLUMN, STREET RICH'S THOUGHT OF THE WEEK.
  • Write articles for websites, and occasional press releases.
  • Fall 2005 Wrote news articles and human interest features.
  • Reported and prepared podcasts and news packages for Internet distribution.
  • Appointed Editor-in-Chief for 1998-1999 academic year.
  • Developed copy for press releases and web content.
  • Interviewed subjects and wrote human interest stories.
  • Served as the Elizabethton STAR's beat reporter for Carter County Government.
  • Promoted content through social media, including maintaining feature section s Twitter feed.
  • Strategized with editorial staff how to best market CrossFit's functional ideal and passion for fostering community through wellness.
  • Attended weekly editorial meetings and helped shape coverage.
  • Developed ideas for new content based on reader inquiries and SEO trends.
  • Covered local, entertainment, and pop culture briefs for webpage.
  • Awarded prestigious Malcom Law Award for investigative journalism in 2011.
  • Worked with various versions of CMS, Adobe InDesign and Google Docs.
  • Edited and composed weekly newspaper: Cranberry Eagle circulation 30,000+
  • Gathered and reported on news stories, covered featured events and wrote stories and reviews.
  • Edited staff, wire and freelancer material for daily newspaper entertainment pages.

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How To Become A Feature Writer

A college degree is usually required for a position as a technical writer. In addition, experience with a technical subject, such as computer science, Web design, or engineering, is important.

Education

Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, or communications. Many technical writing jobs require both a degree and knowledge in a specialized field, such as engineering, computer science, or medicine. Web design experience also is helpful because of the growing use of online technical documentation.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some technical writers begin their careers as specialists or research assistants in a technical field. They eventually develop technical communication skills and assume primary responsibilities for technical writing. In small firms, beginning technical writers may work on projects right away; in larger companies with more standard procedures, beginners may observe experienced technical writers and interact with specialists before being assigned projects.

Training

Many technical writers need short-term on-the-job training to adapt to a different style of writing.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some associations, including the Society for Technical Communication, offer certification for technical writers. In addition, the American Medical Writers Association offers extensive continuing education programs and certificates in medical writing. These certificates are available to professionals in the medical and allied scientific communication fields.

Although not mandatory, certification can demonstrate competence and professionalism, making candidates more attractive to employers. It can also increase a technical writer’s opportunities for advancement.

Advancement

Prospects for advancement generally include working on more complex projects and leading or training junior staff. Some technical writers become self-employed and produce work on a freelance basis.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Technical writers must be able to take complex, technical information and translate it for colleagues and consumers who have nontechnical backgrounds.

Detail oriented. Technical writers create detailed instructions for others to follow. As a result, they must be detailed and precise at every step so that the instructions can be useful.

Imagination. Technical writers must be able to think about a procedure or product in the way a person without technical experience would think about it.

Teamwork. Technical writers must be able to work well with others. They are almost always part of a team: with other writers; with designers, editors, and illustrators; and with the technical people whose information they are explaining.

Technical skills. Technical writers must be able to understand highly complex information. Many technical writers need a background in engineering or computer science in order to do this.

Writing skills. Technical communicators must have excellent writing skills to be able to explain technical information clearly.

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Real Feature Writer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Features Writer The Daily Holdings, Inc. F/K/A News DP Holdings, I New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $50,000
Feature Writer Endgame360 Inc. Asheville, NC Jun 01, 2013 $30,000
Business Features Writer The Korea Times Los Angeles, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2013 $27,144
Education Features Writer The Korea Times Los Angeles, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2013 $27,144

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Top Skills for A Feature Writer

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Top Feature Writer Skills

  1. Daily Newspaper
  2. Topics
  3. Coverage
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Edited staff, wire and freelancer material for daily newspaper entertainment pages.
  • Covered a variety of topics with an emphasis on health, home and garden, pets and local nonprofit organizations.
  • Provided complete, accurate and compelling coverage of both anticipated and spontaneous news for print and online media.
  • Developed special projects for the newspaper with an emphasis on investigative and community-oriented journalism.
  • Published a feature-length article Interacted with editorial staff as a freelance contributor

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